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The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

Healthy turkey chili made with lean ground turkey, kidney beans and corn. This version is simply the BEST! Perfectly spiced and packed with plenty of protein and fiber. Can be made on the stovetop or in your slow cooker!

Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min

I normally don’t declare recipes the best for just any reason. In fact, if I’m saying something is the BEST, then it’s for a very good reason. Most often because I had multiple people try out a recipe and tell me it’s the best thing they’ve ever tasted; this happens most frequently when I bake cookies.

Little did I expect this turkey chili to surprise me with it’s thick texture and addicting flavor. But my goodness, it is wonderful. And I do have to admit that I’ve made it four times in the past month. It’s one of those recipes you can tuck in your recipe box or bookmark on your phone. Honestly, I’m just obsessed.

bowls of healthy turkey chili with toppings and tortilla chips

Over in my world, we decided to do an eating challenge until Thanksgiving. It’s a mixture between paleo, Whole30 and clean eating. Today marks Day 7 and so far we’ve been successful but still challenged on what to cook or eat for lunch. The plan is to stick to a grain free, refined sugar free diet with plenty of vegetables and high-protein meats. I think the hardest part might be eliminating alcohol, frozen yogurt and chips. I don’t know when I became such a chip person, but I’ve been craving them like CRAZY the past two days.

For a little background, we’re really just doing this as a challenge to eat healthier and reset cravings. Often times I find us going out for pizza, french fries and beer. Not only is it a waste of money, but it isn’t a healthy habit when you do it too often. I also want to make sure that Tony understands what it means to nourish your body with GOOD, real food made from scratch.

bowl of healthy turkey chili with toppings and tortilla chips

Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted as we continue along our journey. And as an FYI, the recipes coming your way for the next month were all previously tested and photographed, so please don’t think I’m just eating cookies and pies on my challenge. Although, that could be my next challenge?

Jokes.

For now, I hope this chili brings you comfort during the cooler evenings that are approaching. It’s absolutely wonderful paired with these honey pumpkin cornbread muffins.

Other soup recipes you might like:

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Chickpea Chili

Slow Cooker Taco Lentil Soup

Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Lentil Moroccan Stew

bowl of healthy turkey chili with toppings and tortilla chips

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Seriously, The Best Healthy Turkey Chili

4.81 from 105 votes
Course Chili, Dairy Free, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch
Keyword healthy turkey chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Serves 6

Healthy turkey chili made with lean ground turkey, kidney beans and corn. This version is simply the BEST! Perfectly spiced and packed with plenty of protein and fiber. Can be made on the stovetop or in your slow cooker.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey or chicken (99%)
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder* (I used McCormick chili powder)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 (15 oz) cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can sweet corn, rinsed and drained
  • For topping: cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream

Instructions

  1. Place oil in a large pot and place over medium high heat. Add in onion, garlic and red pepper and saute for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. 

  2. Add in ground turkey and break up the meat; cooking until no longer pink. Next add in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper and salt; stir for about 20 seconds.

  3. Next add in tomatoes, chicken broth, kidney beans and corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until chili thickens and flavors come together. Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary. 

  4. Garnish with anything you'd like. Makes 6 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each.

Recipe Notes

*I've gotten a few comments about the chili being too spicy -- I used McCormick's Chili Powder in this recipe, which is very mild. You should not use a spicy chili powder. If you're using something else, I would start with 2-3 tablespoons instead of 4.

To make this recipe in the slow cooker: Reduce the chicken broth to 1/2 cup and brown the turkey and onions before adding to the slow cooker. This is an awesome tailgating or football party recipe!

Nutrition
Servings: 6 servings
Serving size: 1
Calories: 336kcal
Fat: 3.7g
Carbohydrates: 46.7g
Fiber: 17.4g
Sugar: 9.5g
Protein: 31.8g

Recipe by Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen

Photography by Sarah Fennel // Broma Bakery

 

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